David’s Compact, Collected & Comfy Mid-Century Apartment in Houston

published Jan 2, 2016
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Name: David Jameson (with Treasure Hance)
Location: Downtown — Houston, Texas
Size: 817 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Rented

Working with 817 square feet of space can be a challenge, especially if you are a collector. David, however, manages to pull off the seemingly impossible by arranging years worth of procurements in an ingenious way, making every inch of his apartment interesting and beautiful.

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David is a data service manager for Service Corporation International, and his girlfriend, Treasure, is the salon manager at CutLoose Salon, as well as the icon education coordinator at Be.Creative House for Bumble and bumble. In addition to her day jobs, Treasure and her sister Summer have started a new custom pillow line called Abbott+Rion (you’ll spot some of their cushions in the living room and bedroom).

David’s home sits in the Rice Lofts, a historic building in the heart of downtown Houston. The building was formerly the Rice Hotel, a famous spot from the early 1900s to the late 1970s; it underwent a major restoration/renovation in the late 1990s.

David’s apartment is an amalgamation of his love for music, mid-century design, art, and technology. Nothing about this home is ordinary or boring. The design is beautiful, but the beloved pieces and the personal details that bring life to each corner are what really make this apartment special.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mid-century, but comfortable

Inspiration: I was initially inspired by my best friend, Chris Ballou, and his wife, Cindi Strauss, who is the design curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Cindi and Chris collect great objects and have a wonderful style that is interesting and functional.

Favorite Element: A few years ago I found a Russel Wright carafe with the original cork stopper, which is the rarest piece in the collection—only a few are known to exist. I also love my Shio Kusaka white ceramic bowl and Scott Calhoun paintings.

Biggest Challenge: The pantry is tiny and there are not a lot of kitchen cabinets. After living in New York City for some time, I was able to live with certain elements being out in the open, like the liquor and spices, however.

What Friends Say: They don’t say anything mean if they want me to make them a cocktail.

Proudest DIY: Installing a NEST thermostat, which paid for itself in the first few months.

Biggest Indulgence: I would say the Eames storage unit, but if I think about it, it’s probably all the records!

Best Advice: Don’t buy big ticket items without walking away from it first. If you still want it after 24 hours, go for it. If you feel you can live without it, keep looking.

Dream Sources: Design Within Reach, Knoll, and Kuhl-Lindscomb in Houston. I still love eBay for vintage, but finding good deals is tough now.


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  • Blue velvet sofa: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • Custom pillows: Abbott+Rion
  • Rosewood Knoll Credenza: used office furniture store in Houston
  • Eames Storage Unit: Design Within Reach
  • Red Pro-Ject turntable: Needle Doctor
  • Used cameras: eBay
  • Eggshell vase: Marcel Wanders
  • Untitled (Green Grid 13): Shio Kusaka
  • Crevasse flower vase: Zaha Hadid
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  • Dining table: Eames Rosewood conference table from local office furniture reseller
  • White ceramic bowl: Untitled (Bowl 1) by Shio Kusaka from Anton Kern Gallery in NYC
  • Side chairs: Eames DSRs from Vitra
  • End chairs: Eames DFARs from Design Within Reach
  • Malcolm Mooney Sleeve by Zak Prekop: Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago
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  • Vintage dinnerware: Russel Wright, Eva Zeisel
  • Dish Doctor by Marc Newson: MoMa Store
  • Mr. Cold soap dispenser: ALESSI
  • Light: Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp by George Nelson
  • Mezcal sippers: Angel Oloshove Ceramics
  • We Do It 4 The Jpegs by Scott Reeder: Lisa Cooley Gallery in NYC
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  • Case Study Alpine Bed: Design Within Reach
  • Comforter: Calvin Klein
  • Custom pillows: Abbott+Rion
  • Side tables: vintage Heywood Wakefield
  • Lamp: handcrafted custom by Menlo Park Lamps on Etsy
(Image credit: Katy Cartland)


  • Untitled, Unknown, Unwanted / Dog Track, 9.15, SW17: Mike Nelson
  • Two photographs of Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson: taken by David
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David and Treasure (Image credit: Katy Cartland)

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